Hall State Court Solicitor indicted

Hall County State Court Solicitor Stephanie Woodard has been indicted on 24 charges, including giving false statements and theft by taking.

The indictment stems from a 2022 investigation by Fox 5 Atlanta.

(This developing story will be updated as new details become available.)

EARLIER STORY. POSTED OCT. 28, 2022: FOX 5 Atlanta reports that the director of the Prosecuting Attorneys Council has asked the state Attorney General to investigate allegations of theft by conversion involving Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard.

The report alleges Woodard used victims’ support money to buy several personal items amounting to more than $7,000.

Woodard issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying, in part, “unfortunately, some personal education expenses and other items submitted were confused as victim expenses by mistake, and have since been reimbursed by me, personally. This oversight is personally and professionally embarrassing. I take full responsibility and am already taking corrective action to improve our internal procedures and review.”

Woodard also said she is requesting an independent state review of her office’s handling of expenses and support services for victims of domestic violence and other crimes.